TEXAS – As of last March, Derek Abrams, a business professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, was hired by the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) to help design a new curriculum for Amazon Small Business Academy (ASBA).
The ASBA offers a free, interactive set of resources and tools for small business owners and entrepreneurs to start and grow their online businesses. CEO is a non-profit organization that supports more than 16,500 emerging college entrepreneurs annually.
“It’s an honor. I was fortunate to be part of a small group of professors who were able to participate in this project. This was an opportunity that came out of the work I was already doing with CEO. My philosophy is that I want all the organizations I am affiliated with to continue to grow and improve,” Abrams commented.
Along with seven other faculty from institutions across the country, Abrams worked on curriculum outlines and learning objectives. They also acted as guest specialists for weekly “office hours” to complement the educational webinars and on-demand learning.
Giles Hertz, president of CEO, said in a press release that the curriculum created by Amazon Academy is accessible and adaptable to “any stage of the startup to learn how to scale and grow your company.”
The selected professors divvied up the topics they felt were essential to know in the entrepreneurial world. Abrams specializes in entrepreneurial and international finance, and focused on financial acumen, finding funding and inventory.
Abrams encouraged anyone interested in learning about a startup or future business to research ASBA and local community members to research CIC.